Colleges offer a variety of supports to incoming students as they make the transition into third level education. These include:
- Orientation programmes - including social events
- Study Skills Seminars
- Examination, Project & Assignment support
- Student Advisors
- Counselling Support & Pastoral Care
- Health care advice and support
- Clubs & Societies
University of Limerick, for instance, offers a targeted First Seven Weeks Programme designed to provide strong, targeted support to students during the crucial early weeks of adjusting to college life. The programme includes Welcome & Settling In Week, Study Skills & Time Management, Health & Well Being, Liaison with Advisors, Learning Support Centres, Career & Civic Engagement Awareness, Critical Thinking & Long Term Career Planning.
Students that have entered college through the DARE Disability Access Route to Education) have access to a number of additional supports including orientation and educational needs assessment, assistive technology library support, academic and learning support, examination support.
Students that have entered college through the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) have access to orienntation programmes, academic supports, financial supports, personal and social supports.